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From the birthplace of trap music emerges an homage to the area of Atlanta, Georgia that raised DJ and Producer, Dark Dred. EastSide, the producer’s debut EP release on Freakstep Records, showcases his unique brand of futuristic bass music that explores the other side of Atlanta’s trap music sound. With nods taken from original trap producers such as Zaytoven, Shawty Redd and Drumma Boy, along with inspiration from newer acts including Future, Mike Will, and The Eardrummaz, Dark Dred’s future sound incorporates those same classic crispy snares and rumbling sub-basses, and mixes them with elements of house, electro, and dubstep. The 4-track EP opens up with a drama filled cinematic rise on “Totem” that sets the tone for the rest of the project: powerful and enigmatic. Giving way to the internationally assisted, “Neon,” featuring co-production from Japanese producer, PIPI, Dark Dred gives you even more of his avant-garde approach to bass music with an added hip-hop presence from female rapper, Pretty Gorda. EastSide continues on with the broodingly eerie, hard hitting “Psychobabyl” that adds just a touch of darkness (and madness!) to round out the progressive versatility. “FunLuv” ties in as the sunny, anthemic closer that eases the dynamic tension of the record, and brings the project to a lighthearted, positive finale. Giving up another side of Atlanta to be explored, EastSide is an offering of Atlanta’s extremely versatile electronic dance music scene to the world. 

Representing the east side of Atlanta, GA—the area that launched acts like B.O.B. and Childish Gambino—Dark Dred’s genius production encompasses every facet of the city, from the futuristic southern soundscapes to the edgy, energetic sounds of the trap game. Dark Dred has played alongside popular acts such as Mayhem, Swizzymack, and Dirty South Joe, and has also lent his talents to notable club nights, including Atlanta’s premier weekly party, Turnt, and Philadelphia’s Mad Decent Mondays.



1 May 2014